After a fifth-place finish last season and a fourth-place mark the year prior in the Los Padres league, the Santa Ynez girls basketball team took second in the tougher Channel League this year.
For their work, the Pirates have been dealt a road game for the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs.
The Pirates play at Oak Park Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Eagles are 19-9 overall and went 7-3 in the Coastal Canyon League, finishing in second place behind Camarillo (10-0).
According to MaxPreps, Oak Park is ranked 204th in the state while Santa Ynez is ranked No. 419.
The Pirates are 14-12 overall and went 7-3 in Channel League play. They wrapped up the regular season with a 48-25 home win over Dos Pueblos on Jan. 30.
The Pirates had a shot at the Channel League title, but dropped two of their last three games.
They are playing under first-year coach Jason Finley, who has helped guide the team past expectations in 2019.
Senior Lita Wright has led the team in scoring at 10 points per game. Junior sharp-shooter Malia Loos isn't too far behind in scoring at 9.6 points per game.
Sophomore Grace Padilla adds 7.7 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Wright is also the team's assists leader at 3 per game. Padilla adds 3.5 steals per game on defense.
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The winner of Thursday's game will play the winner of the Workman-Flintridge Sacred Heart game.
SYHS needs JV swim coach
Santa Ynez High School is looking for a junior varsity swim coach and a dive coach for the spring season.
If interested, contact Athletic Director Cris Avery at (805) 686-3566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hancock track and field clinic
Hancock College will host a track and field clinic for athletes and coaches Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hancock track.
The cost is $10.
Instruction will focus on starting blocks, hurdles, the high jump, the pole vault, the sprints, distance running, the long jump, the shot put, the discus and relays.
Participants can register at 9 a.m. at the Hancock track the day of the clinic. For more information, contact Hancock track coach Louie Quintana at 805-705-3299.